The Henry Ford and House Industries
10 artifacts in this set
Charles Eames, co-designer of this chair, felt it had "a sort of ugliness" about it--although he conceded that "it has apparently given a lot of pleasure to people." In production since 1956, it is one of the most recognizable pieces of 20th Century furniture--a design that meshes elemental luxury with the finely honed simplicity of Charles and Ray Eames' best work.
After noticing kids in Southern California who customized their bicycles with "longhorn" handlebars and "banana" seats, Schwinn introduced its Sting-Ray line in 1963. The sporty bikes were a smash, selling two million copies by 1968. Drag racing funny cars inspired this 1970 Lemon Peeler Sting-Ray with its small front tire, front drum brake, springer suspension fork, and five-speed stick shift.
In 1961, Herman Miller opened the avant-garde "Textiles and Objects Shop" in New York City. Designer Alexander Girard conceived of the idea, designed the shop, and stocked it with textiles, furniture, handcrafted objects, and even folk art from around the world. This iconic banner -- with screen printed text on Girard's "April" textile -- hung in the storefront window.
In 1984, the Apple Macintosh became the first popular personal computer to feature the now-ubiquitous mouse and "graphical user interface" desktop. Despite the Mac's relatively high price, its user-friendly features helped it demystify computing for many people without a technical bent. This computer is a Macintosh 512k, released in 1985 with increased memory.
This is one of the first 50 Apple 1 computers. Apple 1s were the first pre-assembled personal computers; Steve Wozniak assembled this one in Steve Jobs's family home. Before the release of the Apple 1, owning a personal computer meant building it yourself. Wozniak's refined engineering skills, coupled with Jobs's bold marketing abilities, led to a revolutionary and affordable product--as well as a successful company.